Archive for April, 2015

April 25, 2015

A whimsical walk in Auray

Well today went back to my old town of residency here, last post I notice was from Sept 2014. I still only live about 15 kms from it, so it was going to rain in the afternoon (it did) so took off for it in the morning for a walk and some quencher drinks.

If no time to read on my posts on Auray( just entered Auray on the research space right column on my main page) the Tourist office here is http://www.auray-tourism.com/

We went on the back side and park at Athena by the mediathéque and municipal pool, and then walk by past the chapel of St Esprit; this is now use for exhibitions, events concerts right in the middle of town done from 1286 the last Mass was done in 1790 (due to French revolution) and then to now use as other functions; http://www.auray-tourisme.com/chapelle-du-saint-esprit/auray/tabid/8277/offreid/7e87038d-cd73-49e0-a688-32991827b894/detail.aspx

We went around this, to reach place Gabriel Deshayes, and come up again the wonderful Church of Saint Gildas, it was started built in  1623  but not finished until 1663. The belltower with a square top in three levels was not finished until 1701. We wondered around in city center to past the tourist office of the old chapelle  de la Congregation, and continue to the hotel de ville area (newly renovated) to up the space jeu de paume a very narrow street that takes you to a nice garden and the old prison.

You continue coming down to the hotel de ville area and go around on your right when the hotel on your back and go see the Chapelle du Pére Eternel, the old cordeliers order was here since 1644 ,lost during the French revolution, in 1807 it was given back to the Sister of the Holy Charity of Saint Louis . Here in 1820 the priest of the Chistian instruction were given the order for God only and the rules  by the Vicary of Saint Brieuc and the priest of Auray Gabriel Deshayes. It is now awaiting renovation. After it you have the park Le Belvédére with beautiful views over the river basin of Saint Goustan below and a football field of the city of Auray. http://www.auray-tourisme.com/chapelle-du-pere-eternel/auray/tabid/8277/offreid/a6c89645-865f-464f-b97d-933a8171cffd/detail.aspx

You take here a narrow street call the rue du Belvédére to go down to the river basin of Auray, at the end of this street you arrive at the top of the Castle ruins overlooking the river and the district of Saint Goustan for marvelous views.

Here at Saint Goustant, our favorite local area where we are often, we had our let down and our ice cream and gauffres from L’Igloo just overlooking the river Auray that goes out into the Gulf of Morbihan and eventually the Atlantic ocean above it the N165 expressway Nantes-Brest.

Finally, after a bit of walking on the beautiful harbor of Saint Goustan, we decided for some drink, a nice cold Grimbergen blonde beers with coffee genoise and diabolo menthe overlooking the river, the crowd and the beautiful life in the Morbihan. We stop at the L’Armoric café pizzeria resto right in the corner of place Saint Sauveur. http://www.restaurant-pizzeria-bar-saint-goustan-auray.catchop.fr/

And already raining a bit hard, we went back to our car and home just 15 kms away where we spent the rest of the day until new urge to go out again. cheers and have a great weekend wherever you are in our wonderful world.

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April 19, 2015

L’hermione en route l’Amérique. On its way to Yorktown USA!

This is the boat that Gilbert du Motier de La Fayette ,the Marquis de Lafayette, came to America and helped  the continental army of Gen George T.  Washington obtain the USA independence from England in 1780, and a birth of a new nation, United States of America. He is now an honorary USA Citizen! And now update it has reach Yorktown PA USA and France is all for it see newspaper in my area.France

The French have done it, they have completely rebuilt the boat taken more than 17 years, but its done, and on its way to Yorktown with a crew of  80 persons. It left the Ile d’Aix in the Charente-Maritime at 22h45 or 10:45PM

The boat big mast is of pure Oregon (USA) pine at 54 meters high or about 182 feet.  The boat will arrive by June 5th at Yorktown and after will do stops at  Baltimore, New York, Annapolis, Philadelphia, Newport, and  Boston.

At  Yorktown will be the big stop as it was the decisive battle in the independence war when American patriots and their French allies won the battle again a strong English army on October 19, 1781.  There will be huge celebrations when the Hermione arrives in the bay of New York escorted by several sailing boats and motorized as well for the big parade of July 4 2015, the date of celebration for the USA Independence while giving a closer eye passing by the Statue of Liberty; another gift of France to the USA by Mr Bertholdi…..

For those who can read/speak French more here in the Le Parisien with a video commemoration by President Hollande of France, http://www.leparisien.fr/poitou-charentes/videos-l-hermione-a-pris-la-mer-vers-les-ameriques-18-04-2015-4705367.php#xtor=EREC-109—-2172612@1

And I have taken the picture from the article in Le Parisien to show it bigger here, a wonderful event and beautiful boat. Thank you L’Hermione, Vive la France et les Etats Unis d’Amérique!!!

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April 17, 2015

Jalisco state or Guadalajara or Tepatitlan de Morelos

This is my last trip just back last night. I was in Mexico ,especially in Jalisco state and just around Guadalajara and its wonderful nearby cities of Tepatitlan de Morelos and San Juan de los Lagos.  The area tourist office at http://www.visitmexico.com/en/guadalajara

This was a business trip so the time there was limited but thanks to the local friends I did see some of the town , a nice French hotel, and wonderful church. Some of the pictures were taken by these friends as I am still waiting for them, my camera died out there ::) The airport was that of Guadalajara ;https://www.aeropuertosgap.com.mx/en/guadalajara-3.html

I went first to my first town San Juan de los Lagos, where the church is second only to Guadalupe in Mexico city as the most important there; already visited by Pope John Paul IIhttp://www.sanjuandeloslagos.gob.mx/

Here I visited the church of our lady of San Juan de los Lagos, 76 miles or 122 kms north of Guadalajara. The sanctuary begain in 1542 and the church in 1732. it is wonderful and a must to see, more here http://www.sanjuandeloslagos.gob.mx/

and the sacred sites webpage has even more on it , http://sacredsites.com/americas/mexico/san_juan_de_los_lagos.html

It is gorgeous and a must to see ,drive there you will be fascinated by the devotion and spirituality of this church. The town is very nice in its center too.

After this wonder of our world, we turn into my hotel city Tepatitlan de Morelos, meaning a place amongst stone, and it has the history of been invaded by the French in 1864, and its big party is from April 12 to April 30 which I caught a bit of it from the 12 to the 15 and it was great party on the streets lively  ,under control nice. http://www.tepatitlan.gob.mx/turismo/

Here I stayed at the wonderful Grand Hotel of French decoration and one of the owner is. My room was the Mandela , all the rooms are individually decorated  inmense wonderful, class in an unusual place; I was priviledge to see the room Marie Antoinette,  http://www.grandhotelboutique.com/mandela/

and of course the center of my dine outs, I was introduce to the restaurant Don K, http://www.tepatitlan.gob.mx/turismo/directorio/#restaurantes

The sport TV all over, the friendly service, good food, good company was all it took; I came back always to eat here!!! It is at Dr. J. Ricardo Alcala Iñiguez 284, Alameda, 47650 Tepatitlán de Morelos Telephone +52 378 715 5140 a web to speak of it http://www.gosur.com/place/food/don-k-maron/4c34d0407cc0c9b618fcf39a/?lang=en&mc=20.806955,-102.755982&mz=15&rids=6051279&category=topPicks&back=localplaces&units=metric

I saw football/soccer games Champions of Europe there,and it has football nights as well that is soccer.

The town has many churches and a great central plaza, nice for walks very laidback and quiet nice country town indeed. One never know how to find these jewels , but there are out there, here in Mexico , I just combing the surface. Enjoy it.

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April 6, 2015

The Villa city by the sea next to the big harbor of Malo, this is Dinard.

What a name, hard to come up with titles for the uncreative mind lol! In this wonderful Easter holiday, off today and day off tomorrow !! We decided to go up again and visit Dinard. We have been to the ones nearby and always missed it even thus we heard about its wonderful villas houses. Dinard is gorgeous and the best for us were the beaches ! The tourist office there is at blvd Férat in city center, webpage http://www.dinardtourisme.com/en/

The region department is no 35 ille et Vilaine in Brittany, http://www.brittany-tourism.com/remarkable-places/dinard-1  and the region of Brittany tourist office on it ,http://www.brittanytourism.com/discover-brittany/heritage/dinard-saint-briac-et-saint-lunaire

As usual we went by car, it is less than 2 hrs from us. We took going there the D768 up from us to Loudéac linking with the N164 to Saint Méen le Grand, here hook up with the D125 briefly to connect with the D166/D766  direction saint malo and dinan. by Dinan we took the N176 direction Saint Malo, link up again with the D766 direction saint malo dinard, which becomes the D266 pass the airport of Dinard-Pleurtuit-Saint Lunaire; take right briefly on the D168 and again on the D266 direction Dinard, off the D266 entering the town we turn left into rue Henri Maulion then continue on  rue Saint Enogat to park free by the beach or plage de saint enogat, pretty district guide you by the sign for the church of Saint Enogat, from which we walk all over the place! All done in 163,7 kms and 1h40m while viamichelin had 2h22m and 154 kms…..we have always a map to compare ::)

We went straight for the beach at plage Saint Enogat, wonderful stretch of sandy beach with great bath changing rooms and a mini golf. the restos were just up the street at 100 meters right by the fontaine Jules Verne, and wonderful water spout of 10 meters high. Then we went to the church ,Saint Enogat ,previous church from the 17C  only the belltower from 1761 is standing original, the new church was built in 1874 with many furniture and paintings from the 19C and 20C. The church sits in a peaceful corner right behind the buzzle and hussle of the beach area.

We started our walk in real, all thru curving ,narrow, steep streets along the coast by the promenade de clair du lune (done n 1930) and the rue albert lacroix zigzagging into the little streets and some private chemin passageways between homes to reach closer to the ocean. The views are fantastic and the houses if we can them that , more like mansionsn or small castles of the belle époque period are superb; can’t wait to get my hand on one of them ::)  You go by the parc de Port Riou with a panoramic view of the ocean and a villa port riou built in 1882 that has a lighthouse building in the front!!!

The pointe de la Malouine is a beautiful lookout of gorgeous homes and great ocean views  all plumbing into the beach or plage de l’écluse, inmense at low tide you seems to go right into the ocean, huge front property, a beach to return. You have wonderful villa reine Hortense, (queen of Holland) who vacationed here built by the Russian lover prince Nicolas Vlassov who was passionate of the life of the mother of Napoléon III.  The mansion continue too numerous all wonderful such as the villa Cézembre with a stair bringing you down to the beach and the villa Greystones of art deco style.

You continue on the Pointe du Moulinet, rocky place on the border of the Rance on the city of Saint Malo, here more villas such as Saint Germain built in 1870, the pont d’emeraude with great views of the ocean and the villa La Garde tudor style construction. You will see a huge pool on the bridge or pont de l’émeraude that is use in summers gorgeous pool.

The plage de l’écluse or levies beach is one favorite to return having the Malouine on the west and the Moulinet on the east, with bath changing cabins since 1859. An aristocratic beach with the famous from Europe with casino Barriére (built 1902) , the palais des arts et du festival exhibition hall, go  up on blvd Féart and see the villa Montplaisir very so British style, and the wonderful tourist office. Here we had lunch.

Finally, that time to eat, and we were in the beach area of the Ecluse so we choose the one active place Le Glacier, great choice ,fantastic service, very funny/friendly waiters, the food was good with a bottle of muscadet white wine and American tuna sandwhiches, mussels ,and burgers ,café or thé gourmand dishes which are coffee or tea with small pastries and all for 21,7€ per person, can’t beat it with the view, the location and the servings big. Just due for a return.

Already some members becoming tired,not me ::) we arrive at the district of the beach or plage de la prieuré, this is a port harbor with you see a pool open, and you see the church Notre Dame, built in 1858, with stained glass done by Max Ingrand. It is a bigger church but less popular, and has a wonderful nave with memorial to the fallen inside as well as in front of the Church. The across the street Christ cross overlooking the Prieuré beach is wonderful.

We stopped short of the last district La Vicomté, because it has been a long day of walking, the city is long with district far apart and hilly so it takes it tolls, next time we will park closer to this district to finish our journey of the city. From the church Notre Dame on the side we took the rue des français libres to return to Saint Enogat and pickup our car not before getting some baguettes at the corner boulangerie Romain, and some drinks at the near car boulangerie Aux délices Enogatais at place du calvaire. Ready to take our car back home.

we took the same road back and made in about the same time and kms. Another city of Brittany review and counting, the region is beautiful with many more to see, explore, admire, and visit by the road warriors ::) Happy Easter everyone. Cheers.

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April 1, 2015

Some news from France, CI

 

Today its April’s fools day, or the poisson d’avril in French, however, this is no joke, all is real and true.

Le Figaro has excellent articles and it recently listed the best new places to do, I just took the ones I like to do or have done. These are

 Float on taken an apero in duo or in group in an electric red and white  boat at the  canal de l’Ourcq. reservations at  www.marindeaudouce.fr

Crack into the pool chic of Piscine Molitor with a healthy lunch break only 65€ until April 18 ,courtesy of Healthy Lunch Break for lunch and swim session. Rés.: 01 56 07 08 50. webpage at http://www.mltr.fr/

Grow up with discovering the great park France Miniature for Easter with family scenes around a farm all from April 18.  webpage http://www.franceminiature.fr/

Have a blast at the Blue Festival, and the electro on theh Dock Pullman (dept 93 seine st denis) April 10 and 11. info tickets ,http://www.infoconcert.com/festival/blue-festival-9776/presentation.html

You can see the oldest tree in Paris !!!.  As Springs arrive, a courtesy visit is a must , it is a  robinier or robinia grown there in the île de la Cité  since the 17C. Located at the  Square René-Viviani-Montebello, 2, rue du Fouarre (5éme).

You can stop by the seating lady at rue Bonaparte . On a nice day you may want to sit next to it under her big hat and look at its naked legs, and its gracious look while resting in her arms and semi closed eyes.  It is located facing the Institut hongrois, 92, rue Bonaparte (6éme).

Why not try a Napoléon, or mille feuille at the great pastry shop at Café Pouchkine, left bank/ rive gauche. 155, bd Saint-Germain (6éme).

Today April 1st at the Four Seasons Hotel George V doors are open on thousands of scented flowers from the «L’Atelier de Jeff».  A flower class led by  Jeff Leatham, known to have these spectacles done.  The floral arts enclosed its hearts and colors of the spirit. L’Atelier de Jeff, of course hotel is at  31, avenue George-V (8éme). Price: 200 €  for two hours. Tél.: 01 49 52 75 01.http://www.fourseasons.com/fr/paris/

How about dining with a local and try a table with the help of these webpages , https://fr.vizeat.com/ or http://www.eatwith.com/. To discover an apartment, a cuisine and the social get together with a local!

In its second season, the Cinema Paradiso  put its mouthwatering show in double: 2  theaters that can each hold 2000 spectators, install in a screen of 25 meters and on the famous LoveSeats of designer Martin Székely. Or better on the double bed like at home.  For eating you will have 10 foodtrucks park at the nerf.  The programming is like this American Beauty of Sam Mendes, Orange mécanique of Stanley Kubrick, Manhattan  of Woody Allen , and an opening film of , Mommy of Xavier Dolan. At midnight,  at the  Superclub, with a hot dancefloor until early morning (with 8 special evenings).  Cinema Paradiso, from June 16-26 2015 at the  Grand Palais (8éme). tickets open at the http://www.FNAC.com and from April 15 on the evenings events on site. admission from  22 €. http://www.mk2cinemaparadiso.com/

The galerie Jardins en Art present an exposition dedicated to chic  Luco, «Regards sur le Jardin du Luxembourg». Three points of view, with support and photos of  Claire de Virieu, the painting of  Pascale P. Maes , and the illustrations of  Michel Boucher. Until May 23rd at the Galerie  des Jardins en Art, 19, rue Racine (6éme). Tél.: 01 56 81 01 23. http://jardinsenart.fr/

And to take a drink to the old favorite Train Bleu the most beautiful buffet in a train station in the world. Gare de Lyon, Place Louis-Armand (12éme).http://www.le-train-bleu.com/fr/index.php

And finally ,discover  Van Gogh in the big screen, filmed at the Musée d’Amsterdam and narrated in Paris. from April 16 to 18. At cinema Le Balzac ,1 Rue Balzac , http://www.cinemabalzac.com/public/evenements/prochainement.php

Extra extra read all about it, this is just in, the hotel Le Trés Particulier has a bar and it serves Champagnes . Located at  23, av. Junot, Pavillon D (18éme). Tél.: 01 53 41 81 40. yes it is in Montmartre ! Wednesdays to Sundays from 18h to  2h (2am)and on Thursdays to 4h(4am). http://hotel-particulier-montmartre.com/

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